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Rice for Peace -- pass the meme, please

I saw this in Jerry's NDH this evening. I'm going to set mine up tomorrow. I have a nice new bag of basmati which I'll share with Dubya.
In the 1950's, tens of thousands of people sent small bags of rice to President Eisenhower to encourage him to send food to then-enemy China during a famine. The campaign helped dissuade Eisenhower from attacking China during two distinct international confrontations. Now a nationwide effort has been launched to send a similar message to President Bush about Iraq. If we are going to send something to Iraq it should be food, not bombs.


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awesboss February 6th, 2003
Hope it's not too late. This is from a Yahoogroups list called Deep Listening:

Message: 2 Date: Wed, 05 Feb 2003 13:14:54
-0500 From: Mary Myers <nonoiser@erols.com>
Subject: Concerns about sending rice

Dearest Friends,

Perhaps this concern has been put to rest for
everyone, but just in case, here's some pretty
clear information. The organizers of the effort
have been in touch with the postal service, and
have the following information on the FAQ
section of their website.

If we wrap it properly, we do not need to worry
that our particular little package is going to
cause someone anxiety. They already know very
well what is going on. We are part of a larger
campaign, which is being handled quite
responsibly it appears. What would be good is
if we follow the guidelines so that the
packages themselves don't cause any problems,
like bursting in the mail!

Peace, Mary


Q: Isn't this causing a lot of problems for the
U.S. postal service?

A: Postal inspectors have contacted us about
problems with many of the rice packages. In
response, we are trying to get the word out
about proper packaging and labeling of rice
packages. (See our Packaging Alert). Our
original e-mail campaign had been adapted by
other enthusiastic organizations -- which is
great! But some problematic suggestions were
introduced (e.g. using a plain envelope). Our
guidelines are:

1. Use a strong PADDED ENVELOPE -- not a plain
envelope. Rice should be in a "burped" (no
extra air) plastic bag inside the padded

2. Label packages with "Rice For Peace - No War
On Iraq" on the OUTSIDE of the package. (Or
with some other concise message which
indicates both the contents and the purpose
of the package).

3. Include your correct Return Address.

4. Please include sufficient postage.

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